posted on Dec, 11 2009 @ 10:24 AM
reply to post by Retseh
Becasue the Swiss people generally do NOT have to resort to crime in order to eat.
The reason the Swiss have a very low crime rate is not because they have guns, but because crime is not linked to lack of finances.
Also, the Swiss are just more socially mature. I have a Swiss passport, was born in Zurich to Swiss parents but I don't really consider my self
Swiss. I was raised and lived most of my life in the US. When I did move to Switzerland, well into my late twenties, it was a culture shock. The Swiss
are very socially conscious. People don't litter, people don't cut in line, children behave, the elderly are respected, the poor are taken care of
ect; It did indeed seem almost like a utopia when I was there. But their standard of living, their quality of life is way beyond anything I
experienced in the US or in the UK where I currently live, and I don't just mean financially.
Of course they have their problems. No place is perfect. Their treatment of the Jenisch ( Swiss gypsies) and their looting of jewish money to name a
couple of instances of a stain on the Swiss character are really a national shame. Though they are a multicultural nation, ( many differences in
between cantons not the least of which are language) they aren't that immigrant friendly ( as I learned when I kept being mistaken for an
There have been changes in the gun laws in the last few years, especially after the
. But that was more a shocked response to the horror of
that incident then a systematic change in the Swiss way of life.
The blunt truth is that Americans and the British for that matter, are just not socially mature enough to handle the responsibility of owning a
firearm. You hear about "the right to bear arms" being spouted vehemenently alongside " My money, my guns, my freedoms" That is just not
something you hear or encounter in Switzerland.